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Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 34 members
Review from Vmedia

The Musical is warm full of great performances - its not a new RENT yet still edgy - but still suitable for families ,, The youth cast at times outshines the adult cast. Jon's directing is always the best, and many of the songs are memorable even...continued

reviewed Apr 30 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Dan Seda

I don't like musicals. I have to admit, I loved this this play -- and not despite the music, but because of it's lyrical honesty.

This is a well-executed play about the adult son of a a two-mom family. It is a poignant and relevant piece for ...continued

reviewed Apr 29 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Thomas O'Leary

Fine voices and a hard working cast from all age groups, but I got a little lost on the plot points. Seems that much of the tension amonst the various characters went on and on in each scene without a break or much searching for solutions. ...continued

reviewed May 05 2011 report as inappropriate
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Learn more about the issues dealt with in Born and Raised, including a detailed parental advisory.


Berkeley Playhouse is proud to present the third show in their fourth season and their first commissioned work for the main stage by writer/director, Jon Tracy and music composer, lyricist and director, Scott deTurk.

Formerly under the working title,_ Pride_ and now called Born & Raised, this new musical in development explores the meaning of “family” as it follows a young, San Francisco-based man trying to make sense of the paths, choices, and challenges of family members and friends, gay and straight, who have influenced his life.

Meet Connor, a young and successful comic-book artist whose life begins to unravel when his moms announce they want to marry and his hero Man-Man runs out of villains to fight. To get his mind off of work stress, Connor’s new colleague James sets him up with Lila, a journalist covering the 2004 marriage-equality battle in San Francisco.

In a series of flashbacks, we see young Connor and his best friend Jesse cope with bullies by escaping into a fantasy world of superheroes. We also meet young Lila, whose parents refuse to accept her older sister’s lesbian identity, even in the aftermath of Elena’s brutal gay-bashing.

Born and Raised boldly explores challenges facing LGBT individuals and families – including homophobia, restricted rights, and suicide – while imagining a space where healing can occur and freedom can thrive.

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